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Danger Flight

Published 1939

Our hero tries to straighten out some juvenile delinquents in this adventure based on the comic strip "Tailspin Tommy."

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 59:55
Producer Paul Malvern
Production Company Monogram Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Directed by Howard Bretherton

Writers: Hal Forrest (based on his comic strip), Byron Morgan, Edwin C. Parsons

John Trent: Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Marjorie Reynolds: Betty Lou Barnes
Milburn Stone: Skeeter Milligan
Tommy Baker: Whitey
Dennis Moore: Duke
Julius Tannen: Dawson
Eddie Parker: Williams
Joseph E. Bernard: Brown (as Joe Bernard)
Harry Harvey Jr.: Johnny
Jason Robards Sr.: Paul Smith (as Jason Robards)
Walter Wills: Cap

Produced by
Paul Malvern: producer

Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr.

Film Editing by
Edward Schroeder

Production Management
Glenn Cook: production manager

Other crew
Frank Sanucci: musical director


Reviewer: Ed Jr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2010
Subject: Memories
Stirred lots of memories. Was a model plane buff myself, lots of fun. It was a big thing just before the war and many of those enthusiasts achieved their dreams and died during the war doing what they loved best.
Reviewer: DrPretorious - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2009
Subject: Danger Flight
I really enjoyed this little adventure movie, it has a good pace and a unique theme..model airplanes! nice change of pace. Now after seeing this I want to go out and purcahse a kit! good stuff

Dr P
Reviewer: Jezebel25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2007
Subject: Entertaining film
Not a bad movie. Had a pretty good plot, dialogue, and acting.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 10, 2005
Subject: Go Tailspin!
I'll admit, I enjoyed Danger Flight more than I care to admit. This tale, rather bizarrely nicely sliced into two stories, focuses on Tailspin Tommy Thompkins, a pilot who's not really a superhero, sometimes takes bad advice, falls into stupid traps, and fails to win any fights he's in. I guess this is what makes him so appealing. Anyways, this story essentially follows some dark shady character's attempt to steal the payroll shipment that Tommy is delivering. In the first half, we have a nifty story about how a kid named Whitey (!!) is reformed and how Tailspin is no good at flying at night! The second half, Tailspin falls for a stupid trap and has to rely on others (namely the police) to help get him out of the jam he's in. (he's conveniently knocked out). Full of funny process shots, hooty dialogue, (Betty: "The visibility is zero!" Chief: "Yeah, that's pretty low!") but has an amazing sense of heart and thrills about it, Danger Flight is a pleasant surprise!
Reviewer: Travisab1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2005
Subject: Danger Flight...(Tailspin Tommy)
Hey, this movie is right up there with Hop Harrigan. It's loaded with suspense, has the ole' fly the airplane through the storm no visibility stuff. Good and bad brother, even Doc Adams, (Milburn Stone) of TV's Gunsmoke plays Skeeter, the ground control guy and best friend of tailspin Tommy. There's the good guys vs. bad guys and the whole nine yards all wrapped up in one great entertainment feature. Go for it. It's worth the time it takes to download. Good to see ole' Doc Adams as a young man in his 20's as well. Good plot and good show.

Reviewer: earther - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2004
Subject: they don't make 'em like they used to
You can swear you've seen this flick with straight arrow Tommy "Tailspin" Tompkins and the neighborhood gang down at the airport. There's the kid with a no good brother, Tommy's slightly scruffy buddy, Skeeter, and Tommy's girl, the bodacious Betty Lou.

Of course, you actually haven't seen this one unless you are over a certain age. They just don't make these any more.

It's a good movie. It even has good special effects. The plot moves along briskly. They only had an hour to tell the story. I have the original Air Scout handbook encouraging boys (and possibly a girl or two) to learn about aviation, so I had to see this one. Model airplanes play a clever role in the plot.
Reviewer: ridetheory - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2004
Subject: Model Airplane Saves the Day!
An at-risk kid is taken under the wing of pilot "Tailspin" Tommy Tompkins, who introduces him to the joys of building balsa wood and tissue model airplanes. When Tommy crash lands in a storm, the boy helps rescue him by using the miniature plane as a signal to the search parties. Later, the kid's adult brother plots to rob a payroll flight, and tricks his younger brother into helping. Naturally, everything turns out okay in the end, and yet another model plane saves the day.

Very nice propeller-shaped screen wipes in the opening credits, with a funny, hyper-masculine theme song, "Silver Wings"

Think of it as an episode of Lassie, with the role of the heroic dog played by a model plane.
Reviewer: cashel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2004
Subject: family viewing
I enjoyed this film .It is a Bsecond feature and would have been shown before the main much more expensive film. It is a refreshing break from Television when after viewing convorted stories,stupid advertising etc, I am usually left tired and mildly depressed. I admire the makers of these films for their craftmanship.
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